Leadership and Staff


Chris Croswhite, Executive Director

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Chris began ministering at the Rescue Mission in February of 2006. He has over 22 years of ministry experience, serving as a missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ, as a pastor of churches in Salt Lake City and Vancouver, British Columbia, and at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake.

Chris moved to Utah in 1980 and has strong ties to the local community. He is a graduate of Utah State University with a degree in Business Management, and Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.) with a Master's of Christian Studies in Applied Theology. Since coming to the Rescue Mission, Chris has been trained as a Genesis Addiction Recovery Counselor.

Chris gave his first personal testimony in the late 1980's during a Chapel Service at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake. Returning to the Rescue Mission as a staff member, Chris has noticed a trend in his ministry of being involved with the marginalized of society. He has a passion for sharing the love of God and how it makes an eternal and tangible transformation in one's life. As Executive Director, Chris oversees the complete ministry and operations of the Rescue Mission's Men's and Women's Facilities. 

Eileen Crist, Controller

Eileen croppedEileen joined the staff team at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake in July 2012. She grew up in Ohio but has lived in Utah since 1994. Before serving at the Rescue Mission, she was an Operations Officer for a large national bank for 17 years; she and her husband owned and managed an internet company and a restaurant; and, most recently, she served as Treasurer and Church Administrator at her church. Additionally, Eileen leads and facilitates seminars on helping individuals and families prepare budgets to become debt free.

Eileen is passionate in her love for God, His word and His people. She focuses on being a positive support at the Rescue Mission. 


Dennis Dickerson, Director of Community Relations

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Dennis joins the Rescue Mission having worked for and volunteered with non-profit organizations his entire adult life. His strength is development and community relations, having served both national and local organizations and Christian ministries. He grew up in Arkansas, graduating from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Sociology. In 1995 he moved to Utah with his family.

Dennis is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sandy, where he is currently president of the congregation. He has served the church in numerous positions, most recently on their mission committee, which supports international, national and local ministries. Dennis has participated in numerous short-term mission trips and considers his life to be an ongoing opportunity to share the love of God on a daily basis.

Don Nicholson, Men's Facility Supervisor

don nicholsonDon is our House Manger - the man who makes sure the Mission's humanitarian outreaches to the homeless run smoothly and effectively. As House Manager, Don oversees our kitchen, food pantry, showers, clothing giveaways and many other aspects of the Mission's ministry. Don, who is a former addict and graduate of the Rescue Mission's recovery program, is able to relate to our clients in a special way and have compassion on them.

Don is active in his church, Calvary Chapel, and praises God daily for saving him from a life of addiction and despair.


Lisa Wolfe, Women's Facility Supervisor

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Lisa has a passion for seeing women transformed by God and reach their full potential. She has over 25 years of experience serving children, youth and women, in addition to working in adult education and leadership development in Churches in Salem, Oregon and Green Bay, Wisconsin. Lisa, who grew up in Salt Lake, and her husband, Jim, returned to Utah in 2004. We are blessed to have Lisa continue her life’s service to women and children at the Rescue Mission’s Women’s Facility.



Michael Whitesell, House Manager and Driver


Michael is our Driver and House Manager. His responsibilities include driving the Mission pickup and delivery truck and assisting in the house manager's office. Mike graduated the New Life Recovery Program in 2017 and served an internship in the house manager's office. God rescued Mike from addiction and through the New Life Recovery Program, Mike found the relationship with God that he so cherishes today. We are blessed to have Mike, who can relate to our clients in a empathetic and unique way.

Mike thanks the Lord each day for God's grace in his life.






George Sproul, Substance Abuse Counselor and Freedom House Manager

098George has over 30 years of experience with addiction and addiction recovery. He has a passion to see people set free from their addictions and live a Christ-centered life. George studied biology at the University of Utah, has achieved a Certificate of Achievement for “Study Through the Bible” from Calvary Chapel Bible College (Salt Lake City), and has extensive training and experience in the Genesis Relapse Prevention curriculum. George has been on staff at the Rescue Mission since 2007.

George helps students and guests of the Rescue Mission from the perspective of “having been there” himself. In 2006, George had lost his career as a medical professional, put significant strain on his family relationships and was at rock bottom when he walked through our doors. Thinking this was the last place he really wanted to be, George recognized his needs and sought the help of the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake. While in the New Life Program, George concluded that he needed God’s almighty power to overcome his addictions and committed his life to Jesus Christ.

After successfully completing the New Life Program, George passionately wanted to help the men and women who walk through the Rescue Mission’s doors, just as he had. After completing a twelve-month internship and Genesis training, George was hired as a full-time Case Manager to continue to restore broken lives.

George’s primary responsibly is to counsel men in the New Life Program and manage the application process for and provide direct oversight to the Terri Timmerman Freedom House, which is the Rescue Mission’s transitional housing unit for those who graduate from the New Life Program.

Chris Beane, Substance Abuse Counselor and Food Service Manager

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Chris has been working with people in addiction recovery for over ten years. His passion is to see broken lives restored by the love and healing power of God, both the obviously broken lives of our homeless friends and those in the Church who often hide behind being “good.”

Chris studied Substance Abuse Counseling at the University of Utah and possesses extensive experience as a Genesis Relapse Prevention Counselor. He has been serving on staff at the Rescue Mission since 2008, providing individual case management, leading group Bible studies and addiction recovery classes, and overseeing the Rescue Mission’s Discipleship/Mentoring program. Chris continues his education by attending The Vine Institute and addiction studies seminars.

In addition to counseling, Chris has an extensive background in culinary arts, having worked as a chef and restaurant manager. Chris utilizes this experience as the Rescue Mission’s Food Service Manager, providing free meals to over 215,000 people in need each year.

Cassie Warner, Substance Abuse Counselor

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Greg Sheffield, Job Placement Coordinator


In 2011 Greg and his wife, Deborah, started serving at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake on Sunday evenings as weekly volunteers. They love the Mission and all it does for those who find themselves without a home and without hope. Greg became a monthly chapel provider and ministry coordinator representing Capital Church at the Rescue Mission, as well as leading other service opportunities between the Rescue Mission and his home church.

Greg is an ordained pastor and comes to the Rescue Mission with over 28 years of ministry experience. While serving in his local church, Greg has also maintained full-time employment in management positions for companies in the manufacturing, construction, automotive and material-handling industries. He brings a unique perspective of business operations in a lost, broken and hurting world.

As Job Placement Coordinator, Greg’s primary responsibilities at the Rescue Mission are to train and assist program members and our homeless friends in obtaining employment, housing and God-dependent self-sufficiency.

Cyndi Harris, Women's Facility Case Manager

cyndi croppedCyndi is an experienced counselor with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from San Francisco State and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. Cyndi has worked in the Acute Psychiatric Unit at the University of Utah Medical Center. At San Francisco State, Cyndi graduated magna cum laude, and she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah. Cyndi has been certified as a licensed social worker in Utah and has experience working with physically ill clients as well as those with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Brady Snyder, Editor of "The Rescuer"

Brady SnyderBrady graduated from the University of Utah and was a journalist with the Deseret Morning News for six years before leaving the paper to serve at the Rescue Mission. At the Mission, Brady served as the Work Place Coordinator for seven years, helping the men on our recovery program find jobs and transition back into society, as well as coordinating our print and online media. While Brady has moved on to work in the health insurance industry, he continues to edit “The Rescuer,” our monthly newsletter.

The Board of Directors

Chris Croswhite, Executive Director

Scott Price, Chairman

Tony Rehemer, Secretary

Bill Kleman, Treasurer

Brad LeVoiy 

Robert Buckley

Rich Spence

Steve Schwab

Alex Hallien

Special Advisors:

Pamela Atkinson, Brian Baker, Kleman, Richard Stewart, Clark Vanderhoof